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103 Sickened at Fayetteville Holiday Inn

The Cumberland County health director, Buck Wilson, declared the county’s Salmonella outbreak over Wednesday, saying there have been no new cases since May 15.  The Cumberland County Department of Public Health says at least 103 people have reported signs or symptoms consistent with salmonella infections.  All of the people appear to have eaten at the All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux within the hotel.  The hotel’s general manager, Scooter Deal, said the first 14 reported cases were all staff members at the hotel, including himself.

At least 12 of those who reported symptoms are out of state, and six people have been hospitalized.

The announcement comes as a third lawsuit has been filed against the Holiday Inn Fayetteville – Bordeaux. The lawsuit was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on behalf of Asheville resident Lacey Townsend.

Townsend claims she became ill with a salmonella infection after eating food purchased from the hotel on May 8 and 9. The lawsuit states that the food “was adulterated, not fit for human consumption, and … was not reasonably safe as designed, manufactured, or sold.”

Townsend’s lawsuit follows lawsuits from Tara Foster, of Buncombe County, and Lucille Thompson, of Fayetteville, alleging hotel owners served food that was “not fit for human consumption.